Machel’s ‘Trini-wood’

SHE Carribean Magazine - - PEPPERPOT -

Seems ev­ery­one is bazodee about “Bazodee.” The ‘Bol­ly­wood-style Caribbean mu­si­cal' stars soca star Machel Mon­tano in the ro­man­tic lead as Lee de Leon, a singer who finds him­self en­tranced with Anita Pan­chouri, played by ac­tress Natalie Per­era.

It was a celebrity af­fair when the movie— orig­i­nally en­ti­tled ‘Scan­dalous'—pre­miered at Movie Towne, Port of Spain, dur­ing the trinidad+tobago film fes­ti­val 2015 [ttff/15.] Stars of the movie in­clud­ing lead ac­tress Natalie Per­era, Bol­ly­wood star Kabir Bedi and ris­ing UK star Valmike Ram­per­sad, along with An­gela Hunte, cricketer Dwayne Bravo and a num­ber of other lo­cal big names walked the red car­pet.

Fol­low­ing a re­cep­tion where pa­trons were ser­e­naded with tassa and pan, Mon­tano and some of his cast mates ad­dressed the au­di­ence in Theatre 1 and 2 in Movie Towne. Stat­ing that he felt proud of the mo­ment, Mon­tano praised the lo­cal cast for the pro­fes­sion­al­ism dis­played through­out the pro­duc­tion process.

Fol­low­ing the movie, the party moved to Aria where Mon­tano per­formed some of his hits.

‘ Bazodee' means ‘head over heels in love' ac­cord­ing to Mon­tano, stem­ming from the French ‘ aba­sour­dir' mean­ing to be dazed, light-headed, “caught up in a mag­i­cal mo­ment that you for­get every­thing else around you.” The screen­play was writ­ten by Claire Ince, a New York-based writer who won a grant to help make the film at the Ba­hamas In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val's Film­maker Res­i­dency in 2008.

“Draw­ing on the in­flu­ence of Shake­speare and his fa­mil­iar themes of mar­riage, tra­di­tion and destiny, [Bazodee] tells a uni­ver­sal love story played out at the in­ter­sec­tion of In­dian and African cul­ture that is unique to the twin is­land re­pub­lic [of Trinidad and Tobago],” says Ince.

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